In 2006, Melanie Rubin hired Steven Matteo to photograph her wedding. After the event, Matteo gave Rubin unedited copies of all 1,500 digital pictures that he took. Howard Rubin, the father of the bride, then contacted Matteo with complaints about the quality of the photographs. Matteo attempted to contact Melanie Rubin about the complaints, but he never received a response. In January 2007, Howard Rubin began creating various websites, entitled “Why Not to Hire an Inept Photographer,” which showed several of the wedding photographs and criticized Matteo’s work. Matteo sued for copyright infringement, defamation, false light invasion of privacy, interference with prospective business advantage. On Dec. 3, 2007, the court denied Rubin’s motion to dismiss these claims. (Matteo v. Rubin, 2007 WL 4294734 (N.D.Ill. Dec. 3, 2007). On April 8, the suit was dismissed pursuant to a settlement.
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